Oiling the rural connectivity - Idea Cellular uses biodiesel to fuel its BTS's power !

Indian mobile operator Idea Cellular, in an attempt to bring cellular phone service to remote areas where the electric supply is at best spotty, has begun installing mobile base stations powered by fish oil and used frying oil from local restaurants. It's believed to be the first time in the world that biofuel has powered a cell phone installation.
The oil is processed locally into biodiesel fuel and used to fuel the generators that power the base stations. So far four base stations have been installed in the Indian state of Maharashtra by Ericsson for Idea, using a grant from the GSM Association's Development Fund. The four sites were described by Ericsson as "greenfield sites that have not previously had access to a mobile network and are located in areas with unreliable power supply."

Exploring alternative power solutions, such as biofuels, is key to the development of cost-effective ways to extend mobile networks to the 20 percent of the world's population that don't have coverage today. The three companies pointed out that an important factor is that the biofuel is produced locally, creating employment in rural areas while reducing the need for transportation. Biodiesel has a much lower impact on the environment than conventional diesel, they also pointed out. The cleaner burning renewable fuel also requires fewer site visits and also extends the life of the base station generator, reducing operator costs, according to the companies.

The use of fish and cooking oil, while novel and undoubtedly an interesting recycling technique, is only temporary. Eventually the biodiesel for the cellular base stations is going to come from oil made from the seeds of the Jatropha Curcas, a tree being widely promoted worldwide as a biofuel source. That tree is said to yield four times as much biofuel as soybeans for a given size piece of land, and about half as much as highly cultivated corn. Unlike corn, though, Jathropha will grow in wastelands. India has been pushing use of Jathropha in a huge range of applications, from the biodiesel fueling the cellular base stations to use of a Jathropha extract as an anti-constipation medicine. According to an article in Wikipedia, the rail line between Mumbai and Delhi is planted with Jatropha and the train itself runs on 15-20 percent biodiesel.

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